You need to pass your theory and hazard perception test at the same time before you can apply for your practical test. You do NOT however, need to have passed these before taking lessons. Driving helps you prepare for the theory and hazard perception tests.
You will need a valid provisional driving licence to take your theory test and you can book your theory and hazard perception tests online.
How the Theory Test Works?
The theory test is a 50 question multiple choice test. To pass you must answer 43 or more questions correctly within 57 minutes. Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1,000 questions, and you answer by touching the screen. During the test you have the option to skip questions and return to them later.
How the Hazard Perception Test Works?
Immediately after your theory test, you’ll watch a series of 14 one minute video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users.
There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one, depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass – don’t worry it is not as tough as it sounds!
Then Comes the Practical Test
In your practical test, you have 40 minutes to demonstrate everything you have learned in your driving lessons. You need to show you can drive competently and safely in all kinds of driving situations. You’ll be asked to do 1 of 4 reversing manoeuvres and possibly make an emergency stop. You’ll also answer two vehicle safety check questions, one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’.
To pass, you will have to complete the test with no serious faults, and you must have 15 or fewer minor errors.
Your practical driving test will include a section of independent driving. In the ‘independent driving’ section of your test, you’ll be asked to drive for about 20 minutes without step by step route directions from your examiner, your independent driving may include the use of a Sat Nav device.